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L.A. Times Talks to "Flushed Away" Co-directors

by Ed Liuon November 2, 2006
The Los Angeles Times has published an article examining Flushed Away (free registration required), opening in theatres tomorrow. The article points out that it is the first large-scale work by the Aardman Studio to be done in CGI rather than stop-motion animation. Co-directors David Bowers and Sam Fell comment on the film and the techniques […]

Wade Sampson on Retta Davidson and Disney's Female Animators

by Ed Liuon November 2, 2006
Wade Sampson has written an article on the career of Retta Davidson, one of an extremely small number of female animators for the Walt Disney company during its heyday under Walt himself. Like many animation studios during the era, the Disney animation studios were not very welcoming to female animators, relegating most of the few […]

Cartoon Brew's Amid Amidi Interviewed

by Ed Liuon November 2, 2006
ReadersVoice.com has interviewed Amid Amidi, animation historian and half of the team behind the Cartoon Brew weblog. The interview covers Amidi’s opinions on classic animation vs. animation today, his relationships with animation historian Jerry Beck and animator John Kricfalusi, and the origins and challenges of his Animation Blast magazine. (via Cartoon Brew weblog)

Critics Revolt Against Talking Animal Animated Films

by Ed Liuon November 2, 2006
Two separate articles have been published recently complaining over the rash of talking animal animated movies, complaining that they are far too similar to each other and fail to show much creativity or humor. At MSN Movies in the U.K., movie editor Ed Holden points out the creative bankruptcy of Open Season, The Wild, and […]

Cartoon America Opens at the Library of Congress

by Ed Liuon November 2, 2006
An exhibition titled “Cartoon America” is opening today at the Library of Congress. The exhibit will showcase a variety of cartoon and animation artwork from the Art Wood Collection of Cartoon and Caricature, including cartoons from Winsor McCay and Charles Schulz and animation cels from Walt Disney Productions and Hanna-Barbera. The exhibit is free to […]

DC Comics Trade Paperbacks for March/April

by Ed Liuon November 2, 2006
DC Comics has announced the trade paperbacks and collected editions that are scheduled for release in March and April 2007. Among the books is Batman: Detective, collecting Detective Comics #821-826, all of which were written by Paul Dini. Other highlights include the first softcover release of Alex Ross and Jim Kreuger’s Justice; a Robin: Wanted […]

More "Bleach" Merchandise Coming from C&D Visionary

by Ed Liuon November 1, 2006
VIZ Media has issued a press release announcing the latest merchandising licensee for the hit manga and anime series Bleach. C&D Visionary will be producing Bleach buttons, stickers, key chains, magnets, shoelaces, and postcards for the United States. Read the full press release here.

New Walt Disney Biography Excerpt and Author Interview On-line

by Ed Liuon November 1, 2006
Author Neal Gabler has been Comics Reporter, titled Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination. The interview is available on the NPR website in RealAudio and Windows Media formats. An excerpt from the book is also available at Salon.com. (via Cartoon Brew weblog and the Comics Reporter, respectively)

DreamWorks Reports 3Q Profit of $10.5 million

by Ed Liuon November 1, 2006
DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. reported a .5 million profit for the third quarter of 2006, up from a loss of $0.7 million for the same period last year. The profit was attributed to continuing strong sales of the Madagascar DVD and to sales of Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit feature film to […]

Press Release: VIZ Grants C&D Visionary "Bleach" Merchandising License

by Ed Liuon November 1, 2006
Date: October 31, 2006 VIZ MEDIA’S LICENSING NEWS FLASH!!! THE “SCOOP”: VIZ MEDIA LICENSES RECENTLY GRANTED THE “PROPERTY”: BLEACH BLEACH, based on the best selling manga series from VIZ Media with over 1.4 million copies in print, is now seen on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block. BLEACH is the story of 15-year-old Ichigo who has […]